Cambodia Creates First Park to Protect Carbon and Wildlife
October 22, 2009 | From the field | Conservation & Sustainable Development

The government of Cambodia has transformed a former logging concession into a new, Yosemite-sized protected area that safeguards not only threatened primates, tigers, and elephants, but also massive stores of carbon. Supported in part by MacArthur, the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) worked closely with governmental agencies to help create the protected area. This effort will support WCS’s “Carbon for Conservation” initiatives to help provide incentives to people to protect their forest in high-biodiversity landscapes. In addition to work in Cambodia, WCS is supporting similar efforts in Bolivia, Guatemala, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Madagascar, and Indonesia.

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